Dan Warthen

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Dan Warthen
Dan Warthen 2011.jpg
Warthen as pitching coach for the New York Mets in 2011.
New York Mets – No. 59
Pitcher / Bullpen Coach / Pitching Coach
Born: (1952-12-01) December 1, 1952 (age 62)
Omaha, Nebraska
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 18, 1975, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1978, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 12–21
Earned run average 4.31
Strikeouts 224

As player

As coach

Daniel Dean Warthen (born December 1, 1952) is an American former professional baseball player and current coach. He played in Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher and is the current pitching coach for the New York Mets.

Early life[edit]

Warthen attended high school in Omaha, Nebraska and was a high school All-American quarterback / tight end / linebacker in football and also a star in baseball.[citation needed]

Playing career[edit]

Warthen was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft. Warthen made his Major League Baseball debut with the Expos on May 18, 1975, pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched four seasons in the major leagues with Montreal, Philadelphia and Houston. He finished his major-league career with a 12–21 win–loss record and a 4.31 ERA.

Coaching career[edit]

Warthen began his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981, following that with coaching in the minor league organizations of San Diego and Philadelphia. Warthen was the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers (1999–2002), San Diego Padres (1996–97) and Seattle Mariners (1992), also serving as the Mariners bullpen coach in 1991. He was the pitching coach for the Triple A Norfolk Tides from 2003–2005.

Warthen served as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Grady Little from 2006–2007. On June 17, 2008 Warthen was named the New York Mets pitching coach, replacing Rick Peterson. In the 2012 off-season rumors speculated that Warthen would not return due to the staff changes but he stayed along with then hitting coach Dave Hudgens.[1]

In 2014, Warthen used the slur "Chinaman" in a conversation with an Asian American interpreter in the clubhouse. He later issued an apology.[2]


  1. ^ Cerrone, Matthew (October 5, 2011). "Recap: Mets change coaching staff, Hale goes to A’s". MetsBlog.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  2. ^ Rubin, Adam. "Mets pitching coach sorry for slur". espn.go.com. March 13, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2015.

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Preceded by
Bill Plummer
Seattle Mariners bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Roger Hansen
Preceded by
Mike Paul
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by
Sammy Ellis
Preceded by
Sonny Siebert
San Diego Padres pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dave Stewart
Preceded by
Rick Adair
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Steve McCatty
Preceded by
Jim Lett
Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Ken Howell
Preceded by
Rick Peterson
New York Mets pitching coach
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